Until recently, expert inspection and evaluation of fireplaces, stoves or other venting systems was left up to the discretion of chimney service technicians. Now, there are standards and codes established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regarding home heating appliances (NFPA 211).
There are three levels of inspection, depending upon your appliances and venting systems. Here is what to expect from your Nationwide technician for each level:
Sticky and dangerous, built-up soot can pose a serious risk to homeowners and occupants. Fireplaces, stoves and heating appliances all contribute to the soot in your chimney. A yearly chimney cleaning will eliminate your concerns of damage to your chimney and the risk of fire. Our basic cleaning process begins with an inspection of your fireplace or heating system, then the chimney or flue pipe. We will provide a condition report to outline the scope of the work and any potential problems.
Some of the additional components we inspect during a chimney cleaning include:
Every chimney should have a proper chimney cap in order to prevent the entry of moisture, branches, animals and debris that could cause blockage or other problems. A chimney cap also acts as a spark arrester disabling fire and sparks from igniting and causing a possible fire to the roof area . In addition, moisture entering the chimney can freeze in the winter causing separations to occur in the liner.
We can supply and install any chimney cap that would suit the needs of your chimney.
Upon completion of the inspection, the technician will begin cleaning soot from the inside. Then, the technician will go to the roof and clean the chimney using poles, brushes and scrapers. Finally, the technician will return to the inside of the home or business and remove debris. Guaranteed to arrive properly equipped for the job, our technicians are licensed, bonded and insured. Drawing on their extensive experience, Nationwide Chimney & Fireplace technicians always provide the finest cleaning services while ensuring the cleanliness of your home or office.
Being a leader in the chimney and fireplace industry, we have technicians skilled in lining and relining chimneys with various types of liners. In order to recommend the best solution for you, our technicians will take the time to examine your chimney and ask questions to gain a better understanding of your usage and needs.
As a result of extensive testing by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), most fire codes mandate a safe, durable and well performing chimney lining. The lining in a modern masonry chimney serves several functions, including: